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Transaction Publishers, 1942 - Political parties - 219 pages
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Contents

In Defense of Political Parties
lx
The Raw Materials of Politics
14
What is a Political Party?
32
The Special Character of the American Parties The TwoParty System
62
Other Special Characteristics of the American Party
96
Decentralization
126
The Local Bosses The Politicians versus the Public
167
The Pressure Groups
184
Conclusions
203
Selected Bibliography
208
Index
212
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Page 8 - When a majority is included in a faction, the form of popular government, on the other hand, enables it to sacrifice to its ruling passion or interest, both the public good and the rights of other citizens. To secure the public good, and private rights, against the danger of such a faction, and at the same time to preserve the spirit and the form of popular government, is then the great object to which our inquiries are directed.
Page xxii - The science of politics, however, like most other sciences, has received great improvement. The efficacy of various principles is now well understood, which were either not known at all, or imperfectly known to the ancients.
Page xviii - The accumulation of all powers legislative, executive, and judiciary in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.
Page 8 - The effect of the first difference is, on the one hand, to refine and enlarge the public views, by passing them through the medium of a chosen body of citizens, whose wisdom may best discern the true interest of their country, and whose patriotism and love of justice will be least likely to sacrifice it to temporary or partial considerations.
Page xxiii - ... wholly new discoveries, or have made their principal progress towards perfection in modern times. They are means, and powerful means, by which the excellencies of republican government may be retained and its imperfections lessened or avoided.
Page xix - This tendency is not difficult to be accounted for. It has its origin in the love of power. Power controlled or abridged is almost always the rival and enemy of that power by which it is controlled or abridged.
Page 8 - It was hoped that the parties would lose and exhaust themselves in futile attempts to fight their way through the labyrinthine framework...

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